Vaughn, Carrie. Steel. 2011. 294p. HarperTeen, $16.99 (978-0-06-154791-1). Gr. 7-9.
Jill is questioning her dream of qualifying for the Junior World Fencing Championships when she finds the tip of an old rapier on a Caribbean beach. The rapier transports her back several centuries where she is befriended by pirates captained by a woman, learns to fence with sharp blades, helps free captured slaves, learns about pirate honor and intrigue, and uses courage and cunning to return home. [ltp]